Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Containing starch.
  • adj. Stiffened with starch.
  • adj. Of or resembling starch.
  • adj. Stiff; formal: "this starchy, old-fashioned hotel room” ( Anne Tyler).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to starch.
  • adj. Containing starch.
  • adj. Pertaining to the quality of fabric starch as applied to fabric; stiff, hard; starched.
  • adj. Pertaining to a similarly starched personality; not cruel, but filled with rectitudinity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to starch.
  • adj. Containing or consisting of starch; -- used especially of foods.
  • adj. Resembling starch; stiff.
  • adj. Stiffened by use of starch; starched{1}; -- of clothing.
  • adj. Formal in manner; precise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Stiff; precise; formal in manner.
  • Consisting of starch; resembling starch.
  • Of a powdery texture due to the predominance of starch: said chiefly of the more amylaceous (soft)_wheats: opposed to horny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or containing starch
  • adj. rigidly formal

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Examples

  • Luckily the book reminded me of the thickening properties in starchy baking potatoes, and since I already had my food processor out and shredding carrots, I tossed in a leftover raw potato from our bin and added it to the mixture.

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  • On the other hand, obesity expert Dr. David Ludwig — interviewed by Taubes for the Times article – found that mice developed a condition called "fatty liver" when fed a diet high in starchy carbs.

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  • A few nuts, such as the acorn, cocoanut and chestnut, are very rich in starch, and these should be classified as starchy foods.

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  • They swept him forward in a triumphant wave, to seat him at a sticky table and then heap it high with baked fish and some kind of starchy cakes made from a pounded root.

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  • Persons troubled with kidney difficulty should abstain from sugar and the things that are converted into sugar in digestion, such as starchy food and sweet vegetables.

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  • (applause) How will we manage to find the manpower needed today to solve a series of urgent problems, to solve our supply problems, to eliminate rationing of a number of items as quickly as possible, -- items such as starchy vegetables, for example (applause) -- to have enough milk, not just for children up to the age of seven, but after the age of seven, and even for all citizens up to 70?

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  • The “demonization of whole grains and starchy vegetables” (whatever ‘starchy vegetables’ means) is not the focus of my posts.

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  • Basically, the evidence points to it being carbohydrates — sugar, flour and starchy vegetables — that cause the insulin secretion that put on fat.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Are Carbs Worse than Fat?

  • First, I should have used more asparagus and less potatoes, because the meal got pretty starchy.

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  • Among the requirements for school meals outlined in the proposed rule:•Decrease the amount of starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn and green peas, to one cup a week.

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